Doctor Who: Hide (TV Review)

Doctor Who: Hide (TV Review)

Hide is the second Doctor Who adventure penned by Luther creator Neil Cross, which sees The Doctor and Clara travel to 1974 to join Alec Palmer and Emma Grayling (Dougary Scott and Jessica Raine) in a search for the ghost dubbed “The Witch of the Well”. Just how well would Hide fair after the Cross’s first, and very divisive, Rings of Akhaten? Rather brilliantly it turns out…

I feel I’m becoming a bit of a broken record but I’ll go ahead and say it anyway: Hide is the best episode of the new run by far, I’ll even stick my neck out and say it’s my favourite of the whole of Series 7, until next week naturally…

The fact Hide is so much fun only leaves me contemplating just how much better Rings of Akhaten could and should have been. Not that RoA was by any means abysmal, but you know what I mean…

After  a nice little reference to Ghostbusters and the opening credits, you’d be easily forgiven for thinking this was going to be your run-of-the-mill paranormal tale. There’s the old and spooky Caliburn House, set a against of backdrop of a black forest and stormy skies, unexplainable banging coming from unoccupied rooms of the house and The Doctor using your classic candlestick in a fully lit room.

Where Hide really shines bright is with it’s big genre twist.

Neil Cross has taken what seemed to be an average horror tale and injected it full of wibbly wobbley timey wimey brilliance. We’re treated to great moments of the TARDIS traveling from Earth’s inception all the way through to it’s fiery doom whilst even finding time (Not that Time Lords need to find time to do much) to nip into a pocket universe.

It’s these unexpected delights that ensured this fan at least remained completely glued to the screen.

It was most intriguing to see that what seemed to be a throw away reference from Clara in The Rings of Akhaten in regards to the TARDIS not opening it’s doors to her had more resonance this week . Watching Clara argue with herself (The TARDIS voice interface) was undoubtedly comical but what just is going on here? Is the TARDIS genuinely wary of Clara, The Impossible Girl? The Girl Twice Dead…

Hide is more than a blend of horror and good ol’ sci-fi. At it’s core, there’s a budding loving story at it’s core too.

Maybe just a bit too much love.

The blossoming love shown between ex war hero turned paranormal investigator; Alec Palmer and his empath assistant, Emma Grayling was satisfying enough and generally provides a stark contrast to that of The Doctor and Clara, not something I’m used to saying in regards to The Doctor and his companions.

On the other hand, the whole monster love story felt a little forced, almost like an afterthought and whilst I agree, like The Doctor says “Even a lonely monster needs a companion” (or something to that effect) it didn’t really add anything except making me feel a little warm and fuzzy. And I hate feeling warm and fuzzy.

Next episode sees us journey to the center of the TARDIS in… well… Journey To Center of the TARDIS. Am I excited? Yes. Will I think it’s the best episode of the run so far? Come back and find out…

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